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These scandalous, although admittedly ambiguous, portrayals in the prologue are not, however, the narrator's last word. In the epilogue he finally makes an absolutely clear and unambiguous statement.

Then came to him all his brothers and sisters and all who had known him before, and ate bread with him in his house; and they showed him sympathy and comforted him for all the evil that Yahweh had brought upon him.

Job 42:11a

No longer is Satan in view. The facts are plain to see: Yahweh had brought evil upon Job. Such behavior is that of an enemy.

Turning now to Job's own allegations against Yahweh, they fall primarily in four speeches of Job.55 Within these four speeches the allegations of enemy activity on God's part are made in third person when addressing the friends56 and in second person when addressing God.57 When the latter is the case, God is accused of condemning and going to law against Job, of oppressing and rejecting him while causing the counsel of the wicked to shine, and of hiding ulterior

55 Chapters 9-10; 12-14; 16-17 and 19. Otherwise, Job alleges enemy behavior on the part of God in 6:4; 30:11, 19, 21-23.

56 9:13-21; 16:7-14; 19:6, 7-12, 13; the allegation in 12:23 that God destroys nations is part of a doxology (12: 13-25) which celebrates the wisdom and power of God, known even to the beasts, birds, plants and fish (12:7-12), which Job claims to know just as well as his friends (12:1-6).

57 10:1b-22; 13:(18)19-28; 14:1-22; the second person allegations of 9:28b, 31 are part of Job's address to him- self; cf. R. Murphy, p. 27.

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